AQUILLAH ROBERSON

profile

“It’s important to build connections while you’re a student because these connections will help you get started after graduation. Maximizing all the opportunities at Georgia State helps enable first-generation students’ upward mobility.”
Read more »

DAVID GARCIA

david-garcia-skyline-460

“Sometimes I think it may be a barrier because I think it’s a little hard to engage with my family because they haven’t gone through the same experiences that I have [as a college student]… Sometimes certain conversations are a little bit difficult to navigate with them.”
Read more »

CARL MCCRAY

2016-carl-mccray-460-horizontal

“I really want to have options and, ultimately, that will allow me to choose the best career path. I want to be in a career that has great growth opportunities, allows me to grow as an individual and a leader, and take care of my family as best as possible.”
Read more »

TEARA MAYFIELD

teara-SGA-460

“I’ve met so many prospective and current first-generation students through my roles as an ambassador and I’ve exchanged contact information with them and stayed in touch with them to make sure their college journey is a little bit smoother.”
Read more »

KASHIF MOLWANI

kash-rcb-460

“Ever since we were little, we would go to school in the morning and then do tutoring afterwards. Academia is really embedded within us… Everyone in my family after our parents has attended college.”
Read more »

JASMINE SALAZAR

jasmine460

“I always had something in me that told me I was going to go to school. And my parents have always stressed the importance of having an education because they want me to be better than where I come from.”
Read more »

ABIGAIL VANDERWOLF

abigail-460

“My parents, of course, always told me how important school is but they never pushed the idea that university was the only way… My parents never pressured me, they never made it overbearing for me… For me, I know [college] is the best path to ensure I am successful.”
Read more »

DA’QUAN CRAVEN

da-quan-460

“I think there was a self-confidence issue, which I think a lot of other first-generation students have, too. You have to fix this right away. I have a lot more confidence now than I did back then.”
Read more »

FERDYE BAMACA-FORKEL

ferdye460

“With first-generation students, so many people only see your limitations, what you can’t do… I feel like you can use those as your encouragement to be a leader. You’re the one who can step up to the plate. Always keep the reasons why you’re doing this in mind.”
Read more »